Portraits of Asian ethnic groups to be displayed in Hue

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Photo exhibition "Faces of Asian Ethnic Groups" by French artist Laval Sebatien will open in the ancient capital of Hue's New Space Arts Foundation from June 5 to July 5.


The black-and-white photos portray the life and culture of people in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, as well as Cambodia's Angkor Wat and Luang Prabang in Laos.


They include pictures of floating houses, flickering cooking fires, innocent smiles of kids, the austere expression on the face of an ethnic man, and there is one of a tobacco pipe between a woman's lips.  The photo exhibit captures the spirit and character that endures in this region.


Portraits in this show depict both traditional customs and the character of the individual. Meanwhile, traditional images of clothing, satellite dishes, or old roofs, reflect the changes in the daily life of the ethnic people.


Each photo lacks a title, allowing the viewer to think freely and discover the characters, imagining "trying to meet them, talk with them, and understanding."


Laval, who has won international acclaim for his work depicting minorities in Southeast Asia, has been photographing Vietnam's 55 ethnic groups since 1995.


Prior to Faces of Asian Ethnic Groups, in January, the photographer held a photo exhibition Nhung cong dong ben le thoi gian (Communities through time) in Hanoi.


In 2009, he exhibited photos of Co Tu, Ta Oi and Pa Ko ethnic minorities in the central province of Thua Thien- Hue. New Space Arts Foundation is located at 15 Le Loi, Hue.


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